Diplo: “155 years ago. not that long ago honestly. we need June 19th as a national day of education. we as white people need to realize we’re not post race. we need to learn how to love and celebrate our differences instead of pretending they dont exist. we need to listen. we need to show up for one another. i encourage anyone who hasnt to go to a protest. theres a oneness and a connection there that makes me believe we can genuinely change the world.”
Gabrielle Union: “#Juneteenth Claim your freedom, your equality, your fight, your love, your joy, your rage. Keep fighting!! Arrest the killers of #BreonnaTaylor !!!!!!!!”
Russell Wilson: “Juneteenth. The ending of slavery. A day to celebrate freedom. A time to educate and celebrate Black Culture. #Juneteenth.”
Viola Davis: “#HappyJuneteenth I’ll tell you what this “Juneteenth”, “Liberation”, “Freedom” Day means to me. It means to truly and actually be set free from imprisonment and oppression in ALL aspects of this country. To break the micro and macroagressions of mindsets, ignorance, apathy, policies, and political ideologies steeped in systemic racism. So….this day is a “Woke” marker…But…if there is anything to celebrate it’s my ancestors, African Americans who survived the atrocity and stain of slavery. They survived with grace, love and strength. I honor them today with a promise that I will continue to fight for your unexplored dreams and hopes…I will fight for your God given right to live as a human being. In the name of #BreonnaTaylor, #SandraBland, #GeorgeFloyd, #RayshardBrooks, #EmmettTill, #MedgerEvers…and MILLIONS MORE…..AMEN!!!!!”
Chadwick Boseman: “Knowledge has always been power, but on June 19, 1865, over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, knowledge finally brought delayed freedom to the slaves in Texas. Taking us closer to the ratification of 13th amendment in December 1865. Understanding our history is one of many ways to break the cycle of racial injustice in this country. Lift up and amplify Black voices. Support Black owned businesses. Reach back and mentor. Take action through causes and organizations like @blklivesmatter @naacp @campaignzero @bailproject @whenweallvote and @colorofchange.
155 years later, let’s all try to learn from our past so we can create a better future together. Not just today. Everyday.